7 December 2015

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two 2015
  • Director: Francis Lawrence
  • Based on Book: by Suzanna Collins
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Caflin, Jeffrey Wright
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games, Winters Bone
    • Josh Hutcherson: The Hunger Games, The Kids Are All Right, American Splendor
    • Woody Harrelson:  The Hunger Games, 2012, Battle in Seattle, No Country for Old Men, Prairie Home Companion, North Country, White Men Can’t Jump
    • Jena Malone: Contact, Into the Wild, The Soloist, Cold Mountain, The United States of Leland, Donnie Darko, Homicide Life on the Streets, Ellen Foster
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Hunger Games, The Boat that Rocked, Cold Mountain, Punch Drunk Love, Almost Famous, State and Main, Flawless, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Twister, The Scent of a Woman
    • Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Catch Me If You Can, Spider Man
    • Sam Caflin – Pirates of the Caribbean, The Pillars of the Earth
    • Jeffrey Wright – The Hunger Games, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Cadillac Records, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Broken Flowers, Hamlet, Homicide Life on the Streets
    • Stanley Tucci: Fortitude, The Hunger Games, Swing Vote, Maid in Manhattan, Road to Perdition, Joe Gould’s Secret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Life Less Ordinary, The Pelican File, Billy Bathgate, Prizzi’s Honor
  • Why bought: the books and other films of course!
  • Seen: November 22, 2015 at the cinema with Hal, YW and KW 

Finally. It’s been a long wait for the finale.
This one is in 3D which is disturbing at first but after getting used to it there are effective moments, especially the scene with the flooding oil.
It starts out slow. Katniss is in shock after the end of the last film when Peeta was captured and brainwashed by the enemy. And still the war continues.
It’s suspenseful and at times extremely exciting. The effects are almost overwhelming. It’s Jennifer Lawrence’s film but all of the others are very good in their small roles.
It’s hard to rate the film on its own since it’s so much a part of the quartet. It’s impressive and well done with a satisfying ending – except for the too-sunny-meadow final shot (although that, like the rest, is faithful to the novel) – but it’s more reserved than the first three.
I’m looking forward to getting the DVD so that we can read the books and watch all four again.

4 * of 5



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